Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Quiet Night Out in Castellón...

... but not if Xarxa Teatre group are in town.


I'm most used to bumping into Xarxa on one of their Correfoc (fire parade) espectáculos, which are a regular feature of fiesta-time in the towns around their home town (Vila-real). Here are some past meetings...



Last Friday night was what they call a gran formato espectáculo, which I think translates as 'light the blue touchpaper...'

Xarxa (pronounced Char-cha) provide their audiences with a little bit of street-theatre; some mime; and an experience close to warfare - without putting them in (too much) danger. For a free (yes, free) one-hour show, it's outrageously good value.

Two tips if you ever get wind that Xarxa are coming to a town near you: 
First - don't hesitate, go!
Second, don't wear your best coat.





 












































http://www.xarxateatre.com/

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Snake Island, Castellón

Well, OK, so there are no snakes left anymore (Colubraria means serpent in Latin). But there are poisonous spiders and scorpions!

Finally, after 11 years here we've made it to  Ias Islas Columbretes, two hours out of Oropesa by boat (you can also get there from Castellón).


If you're lucky, you might spot a pod of dolphins on the trip.


You can hike to the lighthouse (with a guide from the Parque Natural Islas Columbretes).


From here is the best view of the collapsed caldera.


After some snorkelling, then lunch, you can view the layers of lava at your leisure...


 
Then it's time to head home for sundowners.



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Monday, July 10, 2017

On Top of the (Castellonense) World.

Peñagolosa. Highest mountain in Castellón. Second highest mountain in the Valencian Community. 189th highest in Spain... Hmmm, maybe I should stop there?

But before you mock, I'll tell you a little known fact: after Switzerland, Spain is the most mountainous country in Europe! So up we go.

1813 metres might not sound very high.



Especially when you start the climb at the Sant Joan Hermitage (1280m).




But we made it! 




 Now, what's the 188th highest mountain in Spain...?






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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fanzara: You Don't Have to Go to Egypt to See Great Art in the Making...


Fanzara, a small, nondescript town, thirty minutes from the coast in Castellón. Or so it used to be...

The Guardian: Fanzara




 





















And my favourite...


And here's why. Look very carefully...






Map


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Friday, July 7, 2017

¿Dónde Estamos? Where Are We? #1

I can feel an 'occasional' posting coming on...

We were out for a walk a day or so ago when we came across this (or these). 


Where are they? And what are they called? 

The first person to email me both correct answers (zenkyumaestro@yahoo.es) will receive an Amazon voucher for a copy of Zen Kyu Maestro: An English Teacher's Spanish Adventure (see below for details).

I'll give a few more clues (and the answers) in the coming days...

¡Suerte!


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Run With Fire

Correfoc in the local Valenciano lingo. You really don't need any more explanation. As I say to the children in my class, we don't do things like this back in my country. (Worse luck!)

As is often the case, this Spanish tradition begins with some music...

Click here for Correfoc on Youtube 





































...and ends with dancing.

If you like the snaps, here are more from previous years:

http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com.es/2016/09/correfoc-in-vila-real.html
http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com/2016/03/correfoc.html
http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com/2015/10/correfoc-run-with-fire.html
http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com/2015/03/fallas-2015-correfoc-run-with-fire.html
http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com/2014/03/nit-de-foc.html
http://zenkyumaestro.blogspot.com/2013/03/nit-magica-magic-night-castellon.html

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